Softball Falls 3-1 At No. 19 Nebraska
May 2, 2014
Site: Lincoln, Neb. (Bowlin Stadium)
Lincoln, Neb. – The Indiana softball team held No. 19 Nebraska scoreless through five innings and led the Cornhuskers in the sixth, but a three-run inning in the bottom of that frame led to a 3-1 setback at Bowlin Stadium in the Hoosiers’ first-of-three in Lincoln, Neb.
Lora Olson shined in the circle this evening and shutout a hot-hitting Huskers team through five complete innings. Nebraska entered tonight’s game fresh off of a productive month of April where it averaged 7.6 runs per game and outscored opponents 130-33 during that span; however, Olson held the Huskers’ bats to three runs in the contest – the fewest for Nebraska since March 21. Olson also kept the Huskers to two hits heading into the sixth inning and finished the day allowing five, representing just the 12th time this season that Nebraska has touched for five-or-fewer hits in a single game. Olson finished the day with a total of 5.1 innings in the circle and struck out three before Brooke Boetjer closed out the final 0.2 innings with scoreless relief.
Nebraska’s Tatum Edwards (20-10) would record the win in 1.1 innings of work after taking over for starter Emily Lockman in the sixth.
Indiana’s offense out-hit the Huskers 6-5 and is the first team to do so in over a month, as the Huskers have not surrendered more hits than its lineup has managed to accrue since Northwestern out-slugged them on March 28. Indiana also snapped Lockman’s four-game shutout streak and breaks up her 25.1 stretch of scoreless innings that dates back to April 11.
Brianna Meyer provided the go-ahead run on a solo shot in the sixth to help herself to a 1-for-3 day. The junior has now reached base in 23-consecutive games, one of the longest active streaks in the Big Ten. Kassi Farmer picked up her 14th multiple-hit game of the season with a pair of singles, while CaraMia Tsirigos, Shelby Gogreve and Jenna Abraham all reached with base hits.
The Hoosiers threatened to break the scoreless matchup in the top of the third inning. Gogreve led off the frame with a sharply hit single through the right side of the infield. Alyssa Rosati entered to pinch run and stole her second base of the season to provide IU with a runner in scoring position. Jenna Abraham sent a softly-hit single into shallow right field, moving Rosati to third with no outs. After Abraham stole second, Meyer turned on a pitch and put a ball in play to first base, but the throw home was in time to get Rosati for out number one. Nebraska pitcher Emily Lockman managed to coax back-to-back ground ball outs to keep the ballgame scoreless.
Nebraska responded in the bottom of the inning and earned a pair of base runners with a two-out double and a walk. Olson managed to induce an inning-ending ground ball to Farmer who was able to flip the ball to Saucedo at second base to get the final out of the inning.
The Hoosiers and Huskers exchanged scoreless innings until the game entered the top of the sixth, where Meyer blasted the go-ahead run over the center field fence to give Indiana a 1-0 advantage.
The Huskers answered with three runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth inning, sending the Hoosiers to their final at bat with a two-run deficit. Indiana was retired in order in the final frame, dealing the Hoosiers a 3-1 loss.
Indiana and Nebraska will take the field tomorrow for game two of the B1G series. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. ET.
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